Manchester United strengthened their grip on second place in the Premier League table on Sunday evening as they squeezed past Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford.
Former Red Devil Danny Welbeck had initially given the Seagulls the lead but second-half strikes from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood turned the game on its head.
Whilst the club’s attacking stars will claim the headlines, it was actually Paul Pogba who was a defining influence for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops.
Still continuing to find match sharpness following a long injury lay-off, the Frenchman looked back to his best, especially defensively, turning in a more-rounded performance than even the irrepressible Bruno Fernandes.
He contributed three tackles, three interceptions and two clearances throughout the game according to WhoScored, in what was a thoroughly dominant defensive performance in the heart of midfield.
Pogba was also extremely effective going forwards as well though. During his time on the pitch, he completed 76 passes – only teammates Fred and Victor Lindelof managing to complete more than the former Juventus midfielder.
Those contributions were not just for the sake of passing from Pogba though as he also managed to generate two key passes, one of those being somewhat of a shot that found its way through to Greenwood, who nodded into the Brighton net. It was the 28-year-old’s sixth assist in all competitions of the current campaign.
Pogba’s evening did eventually end before the end, eventually being withdrawn in the 83rd minute and replaced by Scott McTominay. However, considering his long lay-off and his excellent work throughout the match, it was a well-earned rest for the midfielder.
He was heavily influential throughout, managing 93 touches, a number only beaten by Fred – his midfield partner and one that lasted the full 90 minutes.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will certainly be hoping he can get a few more performances like the one against Brighton out of his midfielder between now and the end of the campaign.
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